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  • Name: Master Roshi (武天老師)
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5 ft 5 inches
  • Weight: 97 lbs

Master Roshi

Also known as the Turtle Hermit, Master Roshi was sought out by Goku in the Dragon Ball series, while he was living on an island. Master Roshi is an older martial arts instructor who happens to be a major pervert. He is quite often known for having dirty magazines and ogling over pretty women (such as Bulma).

Goku and Bulma first meet Master Roshi on Kame island (the island Master Roshi once lived on) when they returned Turtle back. After Goku attempts Roshi’s Kamehameha wave, Roshi quickly spots the potential in Goku and decides to take him in and train him. And as a reward for bringing his Turtle back, Master Roshi gives Goku a flying nimbus (this is the cloud you often see goku flying on in Dragon Ball and other series and movies).

Despite being known as a pervert, Master Roshi is a quite skilled martial arts instructor and the inventor of the Kamehameha technique. A technique which he teaches Goku and continues to be used quite often throughout Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and other movies and games. And regardless of his frail appearance, he is quite strong. He trains a number of the Dragon Ball characters including Goku, Krillin, Grandpa Gohan and more.

Master Roshi is often dressed in beach attire or a martial arts suit. He is bald and has a gray beard and eyebrows and almost always has on sun glasses. Its common that he uses a walking stick and he can sometimes be seen (usually in early Dragon Ball appearances) wearing a turtle shell on his back. Sometimes he goes into a disguise and calls himself “Jackie Chun.” When he does this he removes his sun glasses and wears a wig.

Abilities

Roshi is the world’s greatest martial arts instructor. He earned this title by having some great techniques and abilities. Below are a list of just a few of his powers.

  • Kamehameha Wave – A blast that is more well known than any other techniques in the Dragon Ball franchise. This powerful ki blast was actually created by Master Roshi. He places both hands together in front of his body. Then they are cupped and brought back to his left hip as Roshi says “Ka.. Mee.. Haa.. Mee..” and as he yells the final “Haa!” Roshi thrusts his arms forward, shooting out all the stored energy in his body. The result is a large ki blast.
  • Drunken Fist – Master Roshi stumbles around his opponents as if he had been drinking. His odd movements are utilized perfectly to catch his opponents off guard.
  • Thunder Shock Surprise – This technique is Master Roshi’s most powerful ability. It is so powerful he prefers not to even use it. With this ability, Roshi releases a massive electric shock from his palms. The electricity then encages his opponent, keeping them trapped.

Listed above are only a few of Master Roshi’s most well known techniques. He also has the ability to do pressure point attacks, telepathy, hypnosis attacks and more.